Nigeria’s minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, says a total of 713 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the Country still practice open defecation.
Recall that in November 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed Executive Order 009 to end open Defecation in 2025 which is titled: “The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order”.
The minister disclosed this on Monday when he featured on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) breakfast programme tagged, “Good morning Nigeria”.
He stated that Katsina and Jigawa States rank first and second potions in the chat that are ODF across the federation.
Suleiman listed other states that have also attained ODF status to include Cross River, Benue and Kaduna States had also been certified under strict protocol and post assessment studies as ODF status.
The nation moved from 11 to 64 Open Defection free (ODF) LGAs in 2020, with less than 20 percent people that have access to safe water supply in Nigeria, according to him, “As I speak to you now, we have 61 LGAs that are Open Defecation-free in Nigeria”.
But Mr. Oumaar Dobonya, UNICEF Country person in charge of Wash in Nigeria, said Out of the 61 LGAs that attained Open Defecation free (ODF) status, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) contribution is 50 LGAs in Nigeria.
According to the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH NORM) 2019 survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the support of the Nigerian Ministry of Water Resources and National Bureau of Statistics, India ranked worse than Nigeria in the global ranking.
Continuing, the minister revealed that the federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with about five Organizations to build Hydro power projects in Nigeria under a Build Operate and Transfer (BoT).
He bemoaned the reluctance and inability by States governments to tap into federal government water schemes, thereby amounting under utilization and flooding in some parts of the Country.
The minister he over explained that the federal government is currently handling 12 water schemes and upon completion, the number of federal government water schemes to 48 in Nigeria.
He listed the challenges in providing water supply in Nigeria as funding, lack of energy especially in urban areas and lack of sustainability on the part of consumers.
The minister further revealed that the federal government had secured $7 million loan from the World Bank to address critical water projects in the nation.
He said sum of $350m out of the $700m had been appropriated for urban water schemes while the remaining $350m, is being allocated to hand emergency hand washing and sanitation projects in the urban Centres nationwide.
The also disclosed that a part of the funds were channeled to advocacy on the importance of safe hygiene practices and building capacity.